With Pope Francis at the Luneta (Rizal Park), Manila, 18 January 2015
Pope Francis’ final full day in the Philippines: encounter with youth in U.S.T.; final Mass at Luneta (Rizal Park) in Manila
It was a crowd unlike any other. Roughly 6 million people (“6-7 million”, according to Fr. Federico Lombardi) were in Manila’s Rizal Park for the Pope’s closing Mass in the Philippines. Neither the rain or the cold, deterred them from waiting for hours for a chance to see Pope Francis.
Since the Sunday Mass coincided with the Feast Day of the Santo Niño, the Pope reminded Catholics that as children of God, they have the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel.
“Today Saint Paul has told us that in Christ we have become God’s adopted children, brothers and sisters in Christ. This is who we are, this is our identity,” said Pope Francis in his homily.
The report by Seàn-Patrick Lovett of news.va goes: “So? How many people were there at Pope Francis’ final Mass in Manila’s Luneta Park? According to the Metro Manila Development Authority, or local traffic department, there were 2.5 million along the route from the Nunciature alone, even before you reach the park which can hold another 1.5 million, give or take a few hundred thousand. You do the math.
But, quite frankly – who cares? It never was a question of quantity so much as quality. And quality there was, in abundance.
Listen to Sean’s audio report HERE.
Earlier during the day, he was at the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST) for an encounter with youth.
Pope Francis, after a young civil law student asked whether, in an era of social media, we no longer know the meaning of love, clarified how the “information overload” that comes with our communications-saturated society is not in itself a bad thing – unless we have so much information we don’t know what to do with it. The most important thing we have to learn in life, he said, is “how to love and how to be loved”. There are three languages, he added: “the languages of the mind, heart and hands”. It is important to feel what you think and what you do, and to do what you think and what you feel. And always in harmony, one with the other.
You get an idea of what transpired today in Manila with Pope Francis from the videos below…